Friends of Freshwater Inc.

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The Friends of Freshwater is a ‘Not for Profit’ Registered Organisation managed by a group of  locals who share an interest in our local community and express concerns, news, history and events as it may impact our local area. As well the Friends of Freshwater Inc. publishes
“The Duke” Newsletter as a service to its membership and the wider Freshwater community. All the views and opinions expressed in it are those of the Executive of FOF Inc.

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Achievements and Successes

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Formally established a viable, long running community, not for profit, with a committed membership.
  • Good Urban Planning in Freshwater including contribution to Village, Soldiers Avenue of Honour and Beach Reserve Master Plans as well as close scrutiny of all significant Development Applications and zonings over the last decade.
  • Upgrading community amenities including:
    • Established a team of bush regenerators that have provided 600 hours of voluntary bush regeneration over the last four years to rejuvenate native bushland on Freshwater Beach’s southern headland.
    • Working with other Freshwater organisations to refurbish the Freshwater Anzac Precinct of the Soldiers Avenue of Honour and Jacka Park using the Centenaries of Anzac, Armistice Day and the Avenue of Honour as a focus for major community events and improvements
    • Creating a vibrant community garden from an under-used, sloping, Crown Reserve in Queenscliff with more than 5 years of committed voluntary labour from 50 community gardeners.
    • Successful 8-year campaign for Public toilets in Jacka Park
    • Estimated $300k cost of removal of Overhead HV Power Lines in Soldiers Avenue to protect the canopy and longevity of heritage listed trees.
    • New foot pathing for the full length of the northern side of Soldiers Avenue to enable safe pedestrian access and further historical interpretation.
    • Preserved the integrity of Crown land at Mckillop Park by stopping the proposed installation of an Optus 4G tower on the Headland

SUCCESSES

 

  • Establishing and sustaining a decade-long, large, community, not-for-profit group for the Freshwater community.
  • Funding and delivering on community projects
  • Garnering continued support from the three tiers of government
  • Successfully modelling urban sustainability initiatives
  • Exemplifying the benefits of collective volunteer initiatives
  • People often comment that they have moved to Freshwater because of its “sense of community”
  • Successfully campaigned against large-scale inappropriate developments and telecommunication installations

OBJECTIVES FOR 2020-21

  • With a focus on good urban planning, closely scrutinise all significant Development Applications in Freshwater for compliance with planning requirements.
  • Work closely with Council to implement the various projects within the Freshwater Coastal Space Master Plan including the upgrading of Beach reserve playgrounds: completion of the missing segment of the coastal walkway from South Curl Curl Pool through to Freshwater Beach: bush regeneration of Undercliffe Reserve to bring it back to a natural state, and conversion of the former Harbord Diggers eastern car park to green open space within McKillop Park.
  • Continuing to support the growth of the Freshie Community Garden in Crown Reserve as a community amenity and model of urban sustainability.
  • Work on the next stages of the Freshwater Village Public Art project with a focus on Freshwater’s early settlers, soldiers and surfers.
  • Continue to work with other stakeholder organisations to refurbish the Soldiers Avenue Honour following its Centenary Year in 2019, including publishing a comprehensive study on WW1 personnel and their families, removal of rogue camphor laurel tree, planting of their replacements and insertion of more footpath memorial plaques.
  • Get the provision of the basic necessities of life upgraded such as fresh fruit and vegetables; public toilets, footpaths and cycle ways.
  • Contribute to the Northern Beaches Public Space Vision and Design
  • Call on Council to commission a heritage review of Freshwater’s infrastructure and architecture.
  • Revitalise the weed-infested southern headland of Freshwater Beach with volunteer, corporate, government and professional assistance.
  • Encourage Council to identify suitable sites for free EV charging so as to facilitate the transition to Electric-powered vehicles.
  • Work to identify suitable future uses for the currently idle “Waves” Youth Centre.
  • Continue to apply for Grant funding from the three tiers of government to support various projects in Freshwater.

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